Virtual Private Network (VPN)

November 13, 2018. ECU’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an encrypted, virtual “tunnel” between off-campus devices and on-campus information. Connecting to ECU through a VPN prevents data theft between the server and your off-campus device.

Through a VPN connection, faculty, staff and students can access resources such as a personal or department Piratedrive folder or other non-public resource when off campus. Note that you can only connect to resources for which you already have access.

Cisco AnyConnect is compatible with these operating systems:

  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1, current Microsoft supported versions of Windows 10 x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit)
  • macOS 10.11, macOS 10.12, macOS 10.13, macOS 10.14
  • Linux Red Hat 6, Linux Red Hat 7, Ubuntu 14.04 (LTS), 16.04 (LTS), and 18.04 (LTS) (64-bit only)

Windows RT and macOS 10.10 are not supported

Get Started

Install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN software while on campus through Firefox or Internet Explorer. You only need to do this once.

  1. While on campus, open either Firefox or Internet Explorer (IE).
  2. Navigate to one of the following URLs:
    Staff and faculty:
  3. Log in using your PirateID/passphrase.
  4. Read the Terms of Use and click Continue.
  5. Follow the prompts to install the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.
  6. The AnyConnect icon is now in your system tray (Windows).

Begin a Session

  1. Click the Cisco AnyConnect icon in your system tray. The log in dialog opens.
  2. Type in your appropriate AnyConnect URL. The session begins.
  3. Connect to your resources as you would if on campus.




Connect to Your Resources

Connect to your ECU resources, like Piratedrive, as you normally do when on campus.

Sponsor a Non-ECU User

An ECU Sponsor submits the VPN Access form for vendor or non-ECU guests requiring VPN access. ECU sponsorship is required.

All users of the ECU VPN Services are subject to all ECU Information Technology (IT) policies.

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